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How does COVID-19 affect women in Libya?

“Peace is not just the absence of war. Many women under lockdown for #COVID19 face violence where they should be safest: in their own homes. Today I appeal for peace in homes around the world. I urge all governments to put women’s…

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COVID-19: This is not a war

Words matter. The response to the novel coronavirus is not a war and the belligerent language used in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic could do more harm than good. The reasons are simple: the use of war metaphors, be it…

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COVID-19 and mental health

We are in the midst of something none of us have ever experienced before. It’s challenging to know the right thing to do. The measures taken to prevent further spread of COVID-19, such as lock-down practices, might seem extreme. However,…

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Religion and COVID-19

Orthodox religious communities around the world have refused to comply with government instructions requiring people to stay home and avoid all possible social interaction despite the coronavirus crisis. This reckless attitude is causing a faster spread of the potentially fatal…

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Corona-diary: Entry 4

Does it Matter? For a moment, I felt like I was channeling Captain Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek: Enterprise. There he was, in deep space, passing endless days boldly going where no man (or woman) had gone before, and making…

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Fundamentalism kills!

The past few days, my WhatsApp group has been filled with news about COVID-19. People are apparently choosing to ignore public announcements warning them to stay at home by choosing to attend a mass gathering instead. One of these was…

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Corona-diary: Entry 3

It’s the uncertainty that makes this hard. If we knew we had a week, a month, or three and that then life would be back to normal, we’d be able to manage better. It would be like a mini-hiatus from…

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COVID-19: Humanity on display

Silver linings to a virus-shaped cloud Yes, COVID-19 may be causing us fear, uncertainty, isolation, sickness and even fatalities, but I have also been absolutely overwhelmed by the simultaneous expressions of humanity, faith, care, and concern. I have been overwhelmed…

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Hope, humanity and COVID-19

As I ponder the Covid-19 pandemic, I can only humbly defer to intellectuals who addressed epidemics through fiction. I think of The Plague by Albert Camus (1947), where the town of Oran in Algeria is slowly overtaken by an epidemic….

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Corona-diary: Entry 2

Human Security is National Security: Opening the Pentagon’s coffers to defray the costs of this pandemic This will be a meandering post with a destination, I hope. It’s funny how despite all our powers, for good or bad, nature always…

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Corona-diary: Entry 1

Dear friends, Back to diary time. I confess, the boredom is already seeping in and I’m used to working from home! But here are three thoughts and a tweet: 1. The governmental responses in the UK and US are indicative…

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And the award goes to …

The César Awards, known as the French Oscars, have been given out every year for half a century. This year, Roman Polanski’s movie J’Accuse was nominated in 12 categories and gained awards in three. This has created a massive controversy…

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Sharia and “non-marriage” in the UK

Recently, a British court reversed a judgment made two years ago in which the high court ruled that a couple’s Islamic wedding could be legally dissolved. According to the new ruling, British law does not recognize religious weddings and therefore,…

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Muslimahs: the new face of resistance

When protests against the CAA-NRC, which has implications for the citizenship status of India’s minorities started nobody expected that it would change the way the world would look at Muslim women in India. Supposedly ‘oppressed’ Muslim women have not only…

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